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Twisters rip TX

After spawning tornadoes that caused damage in rural central Texas, severe storms were moving into Louisiana on Saturday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 30, 2006

After spawning tornadoes that caused damage in rural central Texas, severe storms were moving into Louisiana on Saturday.

A storm system was sweeping across Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, unleashing potential tornadoes and heavy rain. Tornado watches and flash-flood watches extended across much the state on Saturday. Some areas could receive up to six inches of rain.

On Friday, tornadoes in central Texas have killed one person, injured 12 others, and caused what local officials are describing as "widespread damage" in rural areas around Waco.

Some of the worst damage appears to be in Limestone County, where the death and most of the injuries occurred. The Oglesby area sustained extensive damage as well, although it was too early to assess the severity, said local officials.

A tornado also touched down in College Station, causing damage and at least one injury.

There was widespread structural damage, said local officials, but assessments will take longer since the area is mostly rural, and emergency crews must travel longer distances between houses and buildings.

The rest of the state was wary of forecasts, which called for five inches of rain in east Texas, as well as 60-mph winds in the northern part of the state. Forecasters warned of localized flooding and, in some areas, heavy snowfall.


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